Chronic pelvic pain, one of the main symptoms of pelvic congestion syndrome, affects as many as 10 million women, but most of them don’t seek treatment because they’re unaware of how simple the solution can be. WIth an ovarian vein embolization, a minimally invasive procedure for pelvic congestion syndrome, the vein and vascular specialists at Hamilton Vascular in Webster, Sugar Land, Round Rock, and San Antonio, Texas, block your abnormal vein to relieve pressure, pain, and other symptoms. Call the office nearest you or use the online booking tool today.
Pelvic congestion syndrome is a problem affecting pelvic veins. It affects more than 30% of women in their childbearing years.
When the vein valves in this area malfunction, blood pools in the pelvis to cause vein dilation. These dilated veins, called varicose veins, typically develop in the area of your ovaries. The veins can cause serious and even debilitating pain, along with other symptoms.
Pelvic congestion syndrome often causes chronic pelvic pain, which is why it's sometimes mistaken for other problems like menstrual pain.
It's common for pelvic congestion syndrome pain to begin during pregnancy, but it often continues after giving birth. For many women, pelvic congestion syndrome symptoms grow worse with each pregnancy.
Many pelvic congestion syndrome sufferers characterize the pain as a dull ache, but it can also be sharp or throbbing. In most cases, the pain worsens as the day goes on and gets better after a period of rest.
If you have pelvic congestion syndrome, you may have low back pain, leg pain, and abnormal bleeding along with your chronic pain. Some women also experience symptoms similar to premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as mood swings, bloating, and headaches.
The most effective treatment for pelvic congestion syndrome is typically an ovarian vein embolization.
During this minimally invasive treatment, you’ll be under local anesthesia and sedation as your interventional radiologist makes a tiny incision to insert a thin needle with a guidewire and catheter into your femoral vein. Using X-ray guidance, they move the catheter to the problem vein.
The catheter delivers either coils or foam sclerosants that block the abnormal vein. This dramatically reduces pressure in the vein and relieves your symptoms. The blood naturally redirects itself through other nearby pathways.
Ovarian vein embolization takes around an hour. For about two hours after your procedure, the Hamilton Vascular team monitors your heart rate, blood pressure, and the catheter insertion site to make sure you don’t have any complications. After this recovery period, you’re free to go back to your normal daily routine right away.
Relief for pelvic congestion syndrome is close at hand. Call the Hamilton Vascular office nearest you or click the online scheduler to book your visit today.